Loretta Lynn performs in St. Petersburg

September 12, 2013 

Loretta Lynn. PUBLICITY PHOTO

From her dirt-poor childhood through her phenomenal rise to country superstardom to her collaboration with alt-rock demigod Jack White, no performer in contemporary music has lived a more storied life than Loretta Lynn.

Lynn, who at 81 still wields that deep voice that help defined the sound of country music, brings her down-home elegance and her deeply personal songs Sept. 14 to the Mahaffey theater in St. Petersburg.

Lynn has always been a pure country artist, but she became a mainstream star through the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," arguably the best Hollywood biopic of all time.

She broadened her audience even more with the gorgeous 2004 album "Van Lear Rose," produced by White, who co-wrote one song with Lynn and played guitar on the every track. It proved to be the most popular album of her career with non-country audiences and was roundly praised by critics as one of the best albums of the year and even the decade.

So the St. Petersburg concert may attract some recent converts to Lynn's music, but it will no doubt appeal to her long-time fans drawn by her dozens of top-10 country hits, including such classic tunes as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "You Ain't Woman Enough and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)."

Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Mahaffey Theater, 401 First Street S., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $29.50-$59.50 Information: 727-892-5767, www.themahaffey.com.

--Marty Clear

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